Blue Horizon Fly Fishing

Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Service in Belize

Blue Horizon Fly Fishing

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Founded by legendary fishing guide Lincoln Westby, Blue Horizon Fishing and it's team of fishing guides are considered to be the utmost authority on fly-fishing the flats of Central and Southern Belize.

Blue Horizon operates inside the protection of the Belize Barrier Reef, the epicenter of the finest flats in the world. We fish daily around a chain of small cayes from north of Dangriga to south of Placencia. Miles of undisturbed flats surround each of our resort options, increasing your chances of success at hitting the grand slam: permit, tarpon and bonefish. Other targets such as barracuda, snook, jack crevalle, bonito and mackerel are abundant.

FAQ's

Rates:

Starting from $525/day

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Species:

PERMIT:
Permit, known as the "Holy Grail" of fly fishing, are by far the most difficult, picky and frustrating fish you'll encounter on the flats. They have superb eyesight and a well-developed sense of smell. Due to body shape, permit seem to be much more comfortable in deeper water. Although it is fairly common to see a permit with its tail and dorsal fin sticking out of the water, it usually won't remain that way for long. Permit seem to suddenly appear on a flat for a brief feeding spree and then fade back into the safety of the deeper water. They're constantly on the move.

TARPON:
Tarpon are the largest, strongest and most acrobatic of the grand slam. Even juvenile fish will put angling skills to the test and strain tackle beyond belief. In Belize, tarpon are typically small- to mid-sized specimens (20-70 pounds), although fish over 100 pounds are seen. A large majority of these fish remain in Belize throughout the year. Migratory fish begin to show up around late March and numbers will increase significantly from April through July.

Belize offers the tarpon angler a very unique selection of diversified conditions, ranging from inland river lagoons to shallow-water flats. Tarpon are attracted to Belize because of their affinity for brackish water.

BONEFISH:
The bonefish is the most abundant of flats species in Southern Belize. Bonefish display a great eagerness to take both flies and lures, but they are best known for their astonishing strength and reel-stressing runs.

Bonefish inhabit the shallow-water flats for food and protection. Bonefish will blend into their environment more than any other fish on the flats. Their eyesight is exceptionally good and the slightest hint of danger will send them bolting off into the deep blue yonder.

Larger bonefish are usually found in small, solitary groups away from the larger schools of smaller fish. Concentrate on the edge of the flats where the bottom drops off into deeper water. Big bonefish are less concerned with predators and feel secure in deeper water. They will usually drift onto the flat for short feeding sprees and quickly return to the deep water.

From the angler's perspective (especially the novice), spotting these elusive creatures can be somewhat of a problem. A good pair of polarized sunglasses and a long billed hat (with a dark underside) will be essential for spotting fish. Look for the flash of an exposed tail, "nervous water," or the shadow of a cruising fish.

SNOOK:
Known for both their explosive topwater strike and their acrobatic, gill rattling fight, snook are generally found along the inland lagoons and mangrove-lined tidal channels which connect Belize's shallow-water flats. During times of strong climatic change, the snook will move out of the mangroves and gather at the mouths of the channel cuts. It is at this time when the snook fishing can become "fast and furious."

Snook are most often found in small schools, so remember to thoroughly concentrate on an area where a strike or hookup occurs. Snook tend to feed most aggressively during periods of low light; therefore, the best fishing time will be during dawn and dusk. If you choose to fish during periods of bright light, deep running lures or flies should be used. Top water lures and flies should generally be used during low light periods.

Snook often tend to stay close to structure such as mangroves or logs, so an accurate presentation is very important.

Season:

Blue Horizon Operates guided fly fishing trips throughout the year. The peak season is from mid February through the month of July. Fishing during the fall months is very good, however few anglers venture to Belize, leaving the flats void of fishing traffic. It is important that if you travel in Belize between late June and early October, you purchase travel insurance, as this is hurricane season.

The tides play an important role in flats fishing, and the waters fished by Blue Horizon is no different. We are happy to help select the most productive tides.

Region/Terrain:

Blue Horizon operates inside the protection of the Belize Barrier Reef, the epicenter of the finest flats in the world. We fish daily around a chain of small cayes from north of Dangriga to south of Placencia. Miles of undisturbed flats surround each of our resort options, increasing your chances of success at hitting the grand slam: permit, tarpon and bonefish. Other targets such as barracuda, snook, jack crevalle, bonito and mackerel are abundant.

Typical Weather:

Throughout the year, air temperatures usually range from 80 to 95 degrees (average 84 degrees). Water temperatures are 79 to 80 degrees in the winter and 80 to 84 degrees in the summer. Our resorts on the main land will tend to have a 5-10 degree increase in temperature as you venture away from the coast line.

Rain can happen anytime of the year and will be more common at our main land resorts. The rainy season typically spans from late May through September. June through early October is the most common time frame for a hurricane or tropical storm to pass through.

What is Provided:

*Pricing will not be applicable for our Black out dates (Christmas, NYE, and Easter)

Island Property Package Includes: (Thatch Caye)

  • Accommodations in a Oceanfront Cabana or Premier Ocean Cabana
  • Full days of fly fishing
  • 3 meals a day plus afternoon snack
  • Local alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Boat transfer to and from the island
  • Use of island toys (kayak, paddle boards, snorkel gear, and catamaran) - WiFi
  • Marine fee and taxes

Does not include:

  • International flight
  • In-country transfers
  • Upgrades for different types of accommodations
  • Extra tours
  • Gratuity

Beach Property Package Includes: (Hopkins Bay and Belize Ocean Club)

  • Accommodations in a 1 bedroom beach view or 1 bedroom sunset suite - Full days of fly fishing
  • 3 meals a day plus afternoon snack
  • Use of kayaks and bikes
  • WiFi
  • Marine fee and taxes

Does not include:

  • Alcohol
  • International flight
  • In-country transfers
  • Upgrades for different types of accommodations
  • Extra tours
  • Gratuity

In-country transfer cost:

Thatch Caye (Island Property)- $195/person round trip commuter flight from BZE to Dangriga
Hopkins Bay (Beach Property)- $195/person round trip commuter flight from BZE to Dangriga and $75/person round trip shuttle transfer from Dangriga to Hopkins Bay
Belize Ocean Club (Beach Property)- $265/person round trip commuter flight from BZE to Placencia.

What to Bring:

We recommend you are prepared with plenty of sunscreen, sun glasses, hats and other sun protection. Please bring closed toed wading boots durable enough for walking on the sharp corral.

Gear Recommendations:

Guides: All of our guides are English-speaking Belizeans with extensive knowledge of all of the water we fish. Several have been guiding on the flats for more than three decades. They are accomplished boatmen and fly casters, who fish on there day’s off. They will gladly help you with the technical aspects of saltwater fly fishing if you desire assistance. Two anglers generally fish with each guide, although private boat/guide packages are available.

Tackle: It is important to come prepared, with your own gear. While we have a few rods that can be rented, due to our location and lack of fly shops, it is necessary for you to bring your own gear. Here is what we recommend.

Recommended Permit Tackle

  • Rods: 9 or 10 weight
  • Reel : Saltwater reel holding a minimum of 200 yards of 20 pound backing
  • Fly Line : Weight forward Floating
  • Leader : 9-12 feet
  • Tippet : 1X - 0X
  • Flies : #4 to 1/0

Recommended Tarpon Tackle

  • Rods: 11 or 12 weight
  • Reel : Saltwater reel holding a minimum of 200 yards of 30 pound backing
  • Fly Line : Intermediate or sink tip
  • Leader : 4 - 6 ft. butt section, 16 - 20 pound class tippet and 60 - 100 pound shock tippet
  • Flies : Size 3/0 to 4/0

Recommended Bonefish Tackle

  • Rods: 7 or 8 weight
  • Reel: Saltwater reel holding at least 200 yards of 20 pound backing
  • Fly Line: Weight forward floating line
  • Leader: 9-14 feet - depending upon the fishing situation
  • Tippet: 2X-0X - Fluorocarbon offers an advantage
  • Flies: size 6-10, with bead chain eyes or no weight

Flies: Please arrive with a selection of flies. We recommend 4-6 of each pattern.

Permit Flies

  • Bauer’s Crab - Olive and Tan size 4 and 6
  • Camo Crab - Olive size 4 and 6
  • Del Brown's Permit Fly (Merkin) - Tan size #2 to 1/0 Enrico Puglisi's EP Crab - Olive, Tan, Tri, size 6, 4, 2 Various other Crab patterns in olive or tan - size 6-1/0 Smaller, lighter variations for the shallow flats

Bonefish Flies

  • Pops' Bonefish Bitters, #6 and #8 (Olive and Amber)
  • Pops' Egghead Bitters, #6 and #8 (Olive and Amber)
  • Crazy Charlies - chartreuse, white, pink & brown (unweighted for outer flats) Gotcha, #6 and #8

Tarpon Flies

  • Apte-style tarpon flies in various color combinations. Dark colors tend to be better in the early morning and brighter colors work best when the sun is bright.
  • Deceiver patterns - various colors
  • EP - Peanut style flies - various colors
  • All tarpon flies in sizes 3/0 to 4/0

Additional Activities:

We provide the following equipment complimentary with the purchase of any package. Snorkel around Thatch Caye and catch glimpses of rays, star sh, amore eel and many sh species. Explore the surrounding waters with the kayaks and paddle boards.

  • Paddle Boards
  • Snorkeling Gear
  • Kayaks
  • Bikes
  • Hobie Cat (Sailing)

SCUBA Diving

The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System lies off the eastern coast of Belize and is the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere and the second longest in the world. Belize Underwater hosts incredible scuba diving and snorkeling in the best dive sites in the country. Visit the Blue Hole, South Water Caye, Glover's Atoll, or Turneffe Island. Not certified? We also offer Discover SCUBA where you spend a few hours learning to dive, then you go on a real SCUBA dive, all in one day!

Snorkeling

Experience the Belize Barrier Reef from above! Belize Underwater will take snorkelers out to any of our dive sites, but we also offer a shorter snorkeling-only option. Snorkeling the Belize Barrier Reef is a must-do during your visit!

Other:

Will I See A Lot Of Bugs In Belize?
Yes, though most are not a problem. Sand flies, or noseeums, are tiny creatures that bite like mosquitoes. When there is little or no breeze, they come out and can even get through screen. Mosquitos can also be found, though they are not as prominent of a problem on the island as they are on the mainland. We keep plenty of bug repellant for guest use and always send a bottle when we have a mainland tour.

What Clothing Do You Suggest I Bring To The Resort?
Belize is a very relaxed and informal country. Daytime on the island calls for shorts, t-shirts, bathing suits, wraps, hats, and sandals. The evenings can be a touch cool, depending on the time of year, due to the sea breezes and days spent in the tropical sunlight. Light slacks and long sleeve shirts and blouses or a windbreaker would keep most visitors perfectly comfortable.

From November to February, Belize is subtropical and can get quite cool due to Belize’s geographical location and topography, so please bring proper clothing and do not expect completely tropical weather at all times from November to February. Although the Cayes off Belize get less rain than the mainland, we still recommend a rain slicker for the unexpected downpour.

The same type of clothing applies while on tours to the mainland but, we’d suggest a good set of hiking or walking shoes with socks in place of sandals. If you’re not going off the beaten path, then sandals are just fine.

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